Family Events & Festivals

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 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
July 2 - September 24, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Enjoy dinner, live music, and the best view of a sunset in Charlottesville. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, or come early for a picnic table on the terrace or decks. Carter Mountain Orchard.  5-9pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April-September, Fridays
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
This tradition at the orchard includes live music, food, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Prince Michel Wines. A family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. Chiles Orchard, Crozet.  5:30-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
September 26-November 8, Thursdays-Sundays
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MAZE
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze.
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is new to the Charlottesville region, bringing the 20-year refined form of"agritainment"and fall fun to the community. The maze has 2.5 miles of"cornfusing" paths. Each maze wanderer is armed with a survival guide and flag on a mission to collect puzzle pieces to the maze design and test their trivia skills to find their way out. There is also a large selection of pumpkins and local farm products. A courtyard of fun activities for kids of all ages (and the young-at-heart), including farm animals, pumpkin sling shots, giant slides, mini-mazes, rope mazes, tire swings, giant hay bale obstacle course, fidget ladders and more. 165 Old Ridge Road, Lovingston.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Hoffman.  Email: mountainmazefun@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-212-0413. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
September 27-29, Friday-Sunday
DEVIL'S BACKBONE HOOPLA 2020
Devil's Backbone Brewing Company.
Enjoy live music, award-winning beers, camping, and fun for the whole family. The weekend includes pop-up beer tastings, outdoor adventures, property tours, crafts, great eats, and tons of incredible live music. Devil's Backbone Brewery Basecamp, Roseland.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
October 4, Sunday
FALL FOXFIELD FAMILY DAY
The Foxfield Racing Association.
In addition to the steeplechase races, there will be Jack Russell Terrier races, stick pony races and children's activities. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road. Enter through East Gate.  10am-5pm.  $Ticket prices vary (see website); free for kids 8 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: information@foxfieldraces.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-9501. 
 
October 17, Saturday
RESCHEDULED - MSC TRUCK TOUCH
Truck Touch will provide children with the unique opportunity to explore vehicles of all types - public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, delivery and moreall in one place. Kids will be able to touch, climb on, and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. The event will feature 20+ vehicles, as well as food trucks and kid-friendly activities including face painting, tumbling mats, a bike course and more. IX Art Park.  10am-1pm.  $5 Individual or $20 Family Pass.  Contact: Soren Jones.  Email: soren@montessoriofcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9055. 
 
October 17, Saturday
WHEELS, WINE AND WONDER
Chris Long Foundation.
Bring the whole family to the annual Chris Long Foundation fundraiser at King Family Vineyards for an afternoon of food, fun, music and more. All money raised will support their mission to serve our neighbors in need at home and around the globe. King Family Vineyards.  1-4pm.  Email: kim@chrislongfoundation.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 26-November 8, Thursdays-Sundays
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MAZE
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze.
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is new to the Charlottesville region, bringing the 20-year refined form of"agritainment"and fall fun to the community. The maze has 2.5 miles of"cornfusing" paths. Each maze wanderer is armed with a survival guide and flag on a mission to collect puzzle pieces to the maze design and test their trivia skills to find their way out. There is also a large selection of pumpkins and local farm products. A courtyard of fun activities for kids of all ages (and the young-at-heart), including farm animals, pumpkin sling shots, giant slides, mini-mazes, rope mazes, tire swings, giant hay bale obstacle course, fidget ladders and more. 165 Old Ridge Road, Lovingston.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Hoffman.  Email: mountainmazefun@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-212-0413. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
April 4-September 26, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts every Saturday morning. 100 Water St E, Charlottesville, VA 22902.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
May 14-October 29, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Shop local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
Wednesdays & Fridays
DRIVE-THROUGH FARMERS MARKET
Local Food Hub.
Preorder items online from Virginia farmers and pick up via drive-through on Wednesdays and/or Fridays. 1801 Hydraulic Road (Old Kmart parking lot).  Wednesdays 4-6pm, Fridays 3-5:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Saturdays
SPRING FARMERS MARKET
IX Art Park.
The market layout, vendors and customers will comply with Corona virus protocols. Safety is the highest priority. There are several safe ways to access food. You can now order from several vendors online and pick up at the market site at the booth or in your car. IX Art Park.  9am-12pm.  Email: cecile@marketcentralonline.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
September 26, Saturday
PARAMOUNT AT THE MOVIES PRESENTS: DISNEY'S FROZEN [PG]
The Paramount Theater.
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, the film tells the story of a fearless princess, Anna (Kristen Bell) who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged iceman (Jonathan Groff), his loyal pet reindeer and a naive snowman (Josh Gad) to find her estranged sister, Elsa (Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. The Paramount Theater.  10am, 2pm, 6pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
September 22, Tuesday
EXPLORE UVA'S FRALIN MUSEUM OF ART
Fralin Museum of Art at UVA.
Join Lifetime Learning as it hosts Matthew McLendon, the J. Sanford Miller Family Director of The Fralin Museum of Art, for an overview of the museums history, core mission, and collection of ten objects. Online - Fralin Museum of Art at UVA.  1-2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
September 23 & 25, Wednesday & Friday
NATURE NOOK EDUCATION SERIES FOR PREK-6
Wildrock.
Pick one of five self-guided trail adventures. Visit nature nooks on Wildrock's trail for playful activities exploring wildlife and animal life. Trail walks are timed to ensure social distance. Enjoy playing in the stream and exploring meadows and forests. Reservations available on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm. Groups of up to 15 may come for each reservation. Scholarships are available upon request. Wildrock.  10am-3pm.  $20.  Recommended for ages 4 to 12.  Contact: Carolyn Schuyler.  Email: carolyn@birdwood.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
September 30 & October 2, Wednesday & Friday
NATURE NOOK EDUCATION SERIES FOR PREK-6
Wildrock.
Pick one of five self-guided trail adventures. Visit nature nooks on Wildrock's trail for playful activities exploring wildlife and animal life. Trail walks are timed to ensure social distance. Enjoy playing in the stream and exploring meadows and forests. Reservations available on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm. Groups of up to 15 may come for each reservation. Scholarships are available upon request. Wildrock.  10am-3pm.  $20.  Recommended for ages 4 to 12.  Contact: Carolyn Schuyler.  Email: carolyn@birdwood.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
October 7 & 9, Wednesday & Friday
NATURE NOOK EDUCATION SERIES FOR PREK-6
Wildrock.
Pick one of five self-guided trail adventures. Visit nature nooks on Wildrock's trail for playful activities exploring wildlife and animal life. Trail walks are timed to ensure social distance. Enjoy playing in the stream and exploring meadows and forests. Reservations available on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm. Groups of up to 15 may come for each reservation. Scholarships are available upon request. Wildrock.  10am-3pm.  $20.  Recommended for ages 4 to 12.  Contact: Carolyn Schuyler.  Email: carolyn@birdwood.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
October 14 & 16, Wednesday & Friday
NATURE NOOK EDUCATION SERIES FOR PREK-6
Wildrock.
Pick one of five self-guided trail adventures. Visit nature nooks on Wildrock's trail for playful activities exploring wildlife and animal life. Trail walks are timed to ensure social distance. Enjoy playing in the stream and exploring meadows and forests. Reservations available on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm. Groups of up to 15 may come for each reservation. Scholarships are available upon request. Wildrock.  10am-3pm.  $20.  Recommended for ages 4 to 12.  Contact: Carolyn Schuyler.  Email: carolyn@birdwood.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
February 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:45-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
First Saturdays
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come for an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area to participate. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-8:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
First & Third Mondays and Second & Fourth Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
August 19 - mid-November
QUARAN"TEAM" GROUPS ON THE PLAYSCAPE
Wildrock.
Bring your"quarateam"and enjoy our Nature Playscape for 2.5 hours. Each "quaranteam" may be up to 15 people. Only one "quaranteam"will be on the playscape at at time. Reservations are $40. Scholarships are available upon request. Wildrock.  10am-3pm.  $40.  Recommended for ages 2 to 12.  Contact: Carolyn Schuyler.  Email: info@wildrock.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
TRAIL ADVENTURES PROGRAM BY APPOINTMENT
Wildrock.
Wildrock is currently welcoming families to their trail system through their 90 minute Trail Adventures program. This is by reservation only and is designed to ensure social distancing. Make reservations online. Wildrock.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays in September - mid-November
WILDROCK SCHOOL DAYS
Wildrock.
Quaranteam groups of up to 15 are invited to come for an all-outdoor interactive field trip. Meet Wildrock's animals, explore scientific inquiry challenges, and enjoy discovering field, woodland, and stream ecosystems. Two hours programs are $40 for up to 15 people. Scholarships are available. Wildrock.  10am-3pm.  $40.  Recommended for ages 4 to 12.  Contact: Carolyn Schuyler.  Email: info@wildrock.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
August 7 - September 26 (performed on select days)
TWELFTH NIGHT AT AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER
American Shakespeare Center.
Virginia's premier classical theatre, American Shakespeare Center, returns with their Summer 2020 SafeStart Season. Shakespeare's beloved comedy of (mis)identity arrives in a fast-paced, no intermission romp. There are two great ways to see two amazing shows LIVE this summer. Performances rotate indoors at the beautiful Blackfriars Playhouse, and under the stars on the lawn of the Blackburn Inn and Conference Center. Blackfriars Playhouse or Blackburn Inn (select dates only), Blackfriars Playhouse or Blackburn Inn (select dates only) .  2pm or 7pm.  $33-60.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Box Office.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-682-4236. 
 
October 1, Thursday
RUSSIAN BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS: SWAN LAKE
The Paramount Theater.
A"must-see"Russian Ballet Theatre's new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskys timeless classic. Russian Ballet Theatres dancers bring Nadezhda Kalininas choreography to life along with the new exquisite hand-painted sets and 150 new hand-sewn costumes. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 2, Friday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: THE ROYAL BALLET IN HD'S THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
The Paramount Theater.
A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel's wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. Pyotr Il'ifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell, and Christopher Wheeldon. This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $10.50 Student, $12.50 Senior $14.50 Adult.  For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
October 17, Saturday
RESCHEDULED - MSC TRUCK TOUCH
Truck Touch will provide children with the unique opportunity to explore vehicles of all types - public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, delivery and moreall in one place. Kids will be able to touch, climb on, and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. The event will feature 20+ vehicles, as well as food trucks and kid-friendly activities including face painting, tumbling mats, a bike course and more. IX Art Park.  10am-1pm.  $5 Individual or $20 Family Pass.  Contact: Soren Jones.  Email: soren@montessoriofcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9055. 
 
October 17, Saturday
WHEELS, WINE AND WONDER
Chris Long Foundation.
Bring the whole family to the annual Chris Long Foundation fundraiser at King Family Vineyards for an afternoon of food, fun, music and more. All money raised will support their mission to serve our neighbors in need at home and around the globe. King Family Vineyards.  1-4pm.  Email: kim@chrislongfoundation.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
September 26-November 8, Thursdays-Sundays
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MAZE
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze.
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is new to the Charlottesville region, bringing the 20-year refined form of"agritainment"and fall fun to the community. The maze has 2.5 miles of"cornfusing" paths. Each maze wanderer is armed with a survival guide and flag on a mission to collect puzzle pieces to the maze design and test their trivia skills to find their way out. There is also a large selection of pumpkins and local farm products. A courtyard of fun activities for kids of all ages (and the young-at-heart), including farm animals, pumpkin sling shots, giant slides, mini-mazes, rope mazes, tire swings, giant hay bale obstacle course, fidget ladders and more. 165 Old Ridge Road, Lovingston.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Hoffman.  Email: mountainmazefun@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-212-0413. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Saturdays & Sundays
PINBALL
Decades Arcade.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. Decades Arcade.  2-10pm Saturdays, 2-7pm Sundays.  $$12 Adults, $8 Kids.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
July 8-July 30
WINTERGREEN MUSIC: ONLINE COMMUNITY
Wintergreen Music.
The Wintergreen Music Online Community is an interactive online experience with live music seminars and events for everyone. From Music History to Music Trivia & Game Shows to Special Interest Sessions, these fun and welcoming events are perfect to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Virtual.  Varies.  $5 per event.  Contact: Justin Dalisay.  Email: jdalisay@fsu.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 904-866-0953. 
 
 Sporting EventsGo to top of List
 
September 21, Monday
STEM GOLF TOURNAMENT
WillowTree & Innovative Software Solutions.
WillowTree and Innovative Software Solutions will sponsor the first-ever Drive for STEM Golf Tournament. All profits will go to Computers-4-Kids and iD tech, to provide technology and mentorship to children who don't have access to these resources. Glenmore Country Club.  Contact: Vivi Nellen.  Email: vivi.nellen@willowtreeapps.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 4, Sunday
FALL FOXFIELD FAMILY DAY
The Foxfield Racing Association.
In addition to the steeplechase races, there will be Jack Russell Terrier races, stick pony races and children's activities. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road. Enter through East Gate.  10am-5pm.  $Ticket prices vary (see website); free for kids 8 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: information@foxfieldraces.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-9501. 
 
October 4, Sunday
HOOFIN' IT FOR HORSES 5K TRAIL RUN AND OPEN HOUSE
Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue Inc.
The Trail Run is open to all ages and fitness levels. Don't be surprised if the horses and donkeys run alongside you as you wind your way around the trails. If you're not into running, join that same day for a free Open House. There will be food, music, educational programs, vendors, family activities, a tack sale, and have fun meeting the rescue animals. All proceeds benefit the horses and donkeys at Hope's Legacy. 2080 Castle Rock Road, Afton.  Race: 8am, Open House 11am-3pm.  $Race cost varies, Open House is free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Outdoor uneven terrain  Contact: Rosi Beachy.  Email: development@hopeslegacy.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-989-2949. 
 
May 24-October 4, Every Sunday
POLO AT KING FAMILY VINEYARDS
King Family Vineyards.
Every Sunday, weather permitting, Roseland polo hosts a day of wine, competition and family fun. Guests are encouraged to bring a 10x10 pop-up tent for shade and folding chairs or a blanket to sit on. King Family Vineryards.  Gates open at 10am, Matches begin at 1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7800. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
 StorytimesGo to top of List
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
Wednesdays
WEEKLY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Enjoy this new weekly event, featuring fun stories and activities for everyone to enjoy. Barracks Shopping Center Barnes & Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598 . 
 
 TheatreGo to top of List
 
August 7 - September 26 (performed on select days)
TWELFTH NIGHT AT AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER
American Shakespeare Center.
Virginia's premier classical theatre, American Shakespeare Center, returns with their Summer 2020 SafeStart Season. Shakespeare's beloved comedy of (mis)identity arrives in a fast-paced, no intermission romp. There are two great ways to see two amazing shows LIVE this summer. Performances rotate indoors at the beautiful Blackfriars Playhouse, and under the stars on the lawn of the Blackburn Inn and Conference Center. Blackfriars Playhouse or Blackburn Inn (select dates only), Blackfriars Playhouse or Blackburn Inn (select dates only) .  2pm or 7pm.  $33-60.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Box Office.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-682-4236. 
 
October 1, Thursday
RUSSIAN BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS: SWAN LAKE
The Paramount Theater.
A"must-see"Russian Ballet Theatre's new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskys timeless classic. Russian Ballet Theatres dancers bring Nadezhda Kalininas choreography to life along with the new exquisite hand-painted sets and 150 new hand-sewn costumes. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 2, Friday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: THE ROYAL BALLET IN HD'S THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
The Paramount Theater.
A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel's wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. Pyotr Il'ifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell, and Christopher Wheeldon. This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $10.50 Student, $12.50 Senior $14.50 Adult.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Monday-Friday and Satuday
PLAYHOUSE TOUR
American Shakespeare Center.
See the Blackfriars playhouse from the Inside Out. Tour participants will, learn about the historical predecessor, discover the inner workings of our 21st-century professional company, and explore the re-creation of Shakespeares indoor theatre. Weekday tours may be cancelled due to Student Matinees. Blackfriars Playhouse.  Monday-Friday at 2pm and Satuday at 11am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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